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Hiking Close to Home: for Beginners and Intermediates

Hiking Close to Home: for Beginners and Intermediates
The epicenter for outdoor activity in southeast Tennessee is only a short, twenty-minute drive from Lee University. Chilhowee Mountain begins at the base of Parksville Lake, fed by the Ocoee River. Chilhowee Mountain is home to seven-acre McCamy Lake and multiple hiking trails suitable for any type of hiker. Read about trails on Chilhowee Mountain for both beginners and intermediate hikers.

My Favorite Back-Packing Meals

My Favorite Back-Packing Meals
Everybody has their go to foods when the hit the trail.  I have seen people pack in steaks and gourmet meals fit for kings, but I could never jump ...

One Item I Will Never Hit The Trail Without

One Item I Will Never Hit The Trail Without
I have been on many trails and spent many a night in the woods.  I have used many types of gear and pride myself on always being prepared.  I am also a nut for DIY tips and tricks that you can make out of cheap supplies.  However, I was humbled the other day when a customer came into our Cleveland store.

Fontana Lake and the Black Bear Standoff

Fontana Lake and the Black Bear Standoff
Stories are a wonderful thing.  They relive the past, bring happiness, and often times never fail to make you laugh.  A story that seems to always come up is that of my 16th birthday.  My father surprised me with four day, father and son back country trip into the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.